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Abbygail's Create and Renew Challenge

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Hi y'all this is my first challenge!!! I'm calling it Create and Renew because I want to renew my health this year and create a personal online business.  So those will be the focus of all my goals this year.  My boyfriend and I recently moved from the states to Finland for his job.  I went from working 2 jobs to no job.  We'll probably be here for two more years and I have time to work on projects I want to work on and time to do things like focus on strength and renewing my health.  So for the first 4 week challenge my goals are

 

1 Meal plan and prep according to RP template

2 Decrease spending by not eating takeout or going out to eat

3 Strength train using Bigness Project 4 times a week

4 Create 1 product per week for my first project.

 

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So...I was writing my update yesterday and my phone died it's final death. I did get my workout in even though it ended up being much later than I would have liked.  So far I'm doing really well on my meal plan but today is the last day I have meals prepped for and I need to make some things for the weekend, tomorrow I'm going to my dnd group and need to bring non crappy food so I don't want to eat all the gaming snacks. I'm currently on the treadmill walking after my 4th and final bigness project workout for the week and might go do some chill cardio on Sunday while my boyfriend plays hockey. 

 

Product creation hasn't really started yet, but I made up an outline for what I want to do and started doing sketches. All in all I'm pretty happy with my first week, minus the phone death part, but I didn't use that as an excuse to not go to the gym so I'm going to still call that a win. 

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How much of a culture shock was the move? I've always wanted to try living in another country but never had the opportunity. Good job on not letting the dead phone deter you from the gym. Welcome to the rebellion!

 

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The culture shock wasn't terrible here, most of the changes were fairly positive for me. I was living in the Midwest and you couldn't walk across the street without having to talk to 4 people. As an introvert that was rough and this is nice. People don't bother others and there is zero street harassment, the language here is insane though, I can't even order a coffee properly. The weather takes a bit more adaptation, it's only light for about 5-6 hours a day right now. But all of those are particular to Finns and Finland. I really like it here but it has some weird parts.

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It's cold but not terrible in Helsinki, up north it gets really cold being the arctic and all. It's about 30F here for most of winter. There were maybe a couple days last year where it was 15F and that wasnt fun. We were living in Ohio and it's way colder in the winter there. But you're not in it as long because you're driving from place to place. The real buzzkill is the dark. It makes everyone grumpy. 

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Week 1.5 update. I'm almost through my second week of bigness project workouts and I'm wishing we had an elevator to our 5th floor walk up. Especially with all the groceries for 2 people suddenly eating zero take out. All the quad burn over here. 

 

The meal prepping has been going really well and I'm still on the base template on my rp plan. That is really surprising cuz I hadn't realised how much I was under eating. I really wasn't eating enough to fuel my body and I might stay at this stage longer than I'm supposed to just to let my body get adapted to appropriate fuel. 

 

Product creation is going less well. I did start to out together a workspace in the apartment and I'm going to do some bad cave customization next week. I got a desk at Ikea this week but it doesn't get here until Tuesday. I've been doing some layouts and sketches for what I want to work on but haven't finished anything. 

 

All in all I feel pretty good about where I'm at but there is definite room for improvement. 

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Following to root for your online business - this is a long-term goal for me as well. Is the issues with the desk the real cause of the procrastination on product creation, or is there something else? I don't want to offend; I ask because it sounds like the kind of excuse that I make when I am afraid that something will not be good enough, or that I will fail. Starting a business is a big and scary thing, and it can be easier to collect underpants for way longer than necessary to avoid the vulnerability of putting yourself out there.

 

Happy to hear that your first 3 goals are going well!

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That's a completely fair assessment.  Its a little of both probably. As of right now I mostly work on my laptop on the couch and its a lot slower going without a mouse to work on indesign.  I did get a kind of test fitness planner done this week because I wanted one for me.  My plan is to have an etsy store up and running in 3 months and a food blog up and running by the end of the year.  The etsy store I'm going to do is planner printables/inserts and that is what the initial product creation is for.  Long term the goal is for me to be able to make a lab tech income or better working from home so that when we decide to have kids, and move home to the states, I can stay home with them.  The etsy store is pretty passive for digital products and the blog will be more of a full time thing I think. At least thats the thought for now.  

 

 

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Following in support of creative projects :biggrin-new:

 

On 1/9/2018 at 4:36 AM, Abbygail said:

the language here is insane though, I can't even order a coffee properly

 

Good luck with the language. A friend of mine studied there during uni and said it was near impossible to learn for him...though think he was only there for a semester, apparently he gained a coffee addiction while there cos of how they drink it?  It's been a while since he told me, so I'm not sure but something about how they drink their coffee :blink:

 

~ Barbs

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On 1/29/2018 at 3:41 PM, Barbs said:

apparently he gained a coffee addiction while there cos of how they drink it?

I'm not really sure how they drink it, but they sure do drink a lot of it.  Coffee houses are everywhere, I think the one odd thing from an american standpoint is they have a little cardamom shaker instead of/in addition to a cinnamon one for people to add to their coffee. 

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